Inspired by a love for Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice,the story of a young girl which takes place in the Georgian era, this stunning shoot took place in the historic Maxwell House in Pasadena, California.
“She is independent, fearless, and a pure feminist for her time. Love, a concept she never thought would come to her – until… Mr. Darcy. A quiet, intellectual, socialite by birth, and a true introvert at heart. Unaccompanied, or so they felt in world, different than those around them, never feeling as though they fit. While their meeting did not feel like fate at the start, they both quickly realised that underneath their individual emotional shields, a dormant warmth and a sensitivity for one another was awaking. A friendship that grew into one of the greatest love stories of all times, and a timeless tale of romance all wrapped into one.”
Photographer Vanessa Jaclyn shares, “When creating this vision, I knew I would meet the perfect couple by chance, and it happened just like that. Jazz and Serj jumped immediately at the opportunity to recreate a modern day piece of Pride and Prejudice, with their own love at the heart of the story. She shared with me that when she and Serj were first married they were very young and were not able to have the wedding they imagined. Jazz, much like Jane from the novel was uncertain that she would find a love meant for her. Jazz and Serj met organically and as did their love for one another.”
So began the work to unite their shared vision of love and literature. The Maxwell house where the shoot took place, is a beautiful historical manor built in 1929. It quickly became a destination for its time where it housed some of the grandest and most elegant parties of that era. After the Depression and the toll of WWII the manor become abandoned. It was not until 1985 that the city of Pasadena transformed that manor back into the beautiful venue it once was. Not only is the Maxwell House one of the loveliest wedding venues in the Los Angeles area, it also doubles as the non profit centre, the Western Justice Center, where their mission is dedicated to creative conflict resolution programs for children and youth. The moody indoor lighting alongside the vibrant outdoor gardens were picture perfect for the era, emotions and the story which are represented by this photographic shoot.
PHOTOGRAPHY Vanessa Jaclyn Photography ~ BRIDE’S DRESS La Soie Bridal ~ MAKE UP Christina More ~ FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS Mustardseed Floral ~ STYLING Sarah May Designs ~ CAKE Lark Cake Shop ~ CALLIGRAPHY / STATIONERY La Cartita ~ PROP HIRE MTB Rentals ~ MODELS Jazz & Serj ~ VENUE The Maxwell House, Pasadena California